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    little note, AF has arrived (murphy's law strikes again: running late forgot the panty liner) lol all good nothing ruined.

    Now for DP to start her AF so then we can be in sync

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    Musical congrats on getting a heartbeat. That is lovely news. Welcome to everyone new. Good luck to Stillhope and Tinybaby. I hope everyone else is travelling OK.

    I have no news. I'm still trying to work through the issue of finding a supportive specialist and GP. A lovely lady from Aussie egg donors has given me a couple of names to try. I admit my confidence has been severely dented and is hindering me forging ahead with making appts.

    At the moment I'm waiting on Day 1 so I can book my hysterosalpingam and ultrasound mammogram.

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    Dear Ladies,


    I think I am finally ready to post here. After a long struggle I am 13 weeks pregnant. We had the nuchal scan on Tuesday and am so relieved everything was fine.


    I posted on this thread in early 2012, but stopped posting because it became emotionally difficult. I have had a history of cycles (aged 39-40) where embyros didn't grow, empty follicles, and cycles where no follicles grew at all. I have been told to use donor eggs on many occasions by several different FS, but it didn't feel right for me. The infamous Wazza gave me a 1% chance. I and DH had just about given up, we thought that our life would be without children. In Sep 2012 I took long service leave and we went for an amazing holiday in China. When we returned, I did another cycle with a different FS, but had no response and again was told to use donor eggs. I was expecting this so didn't feel as upset as before. As the new year started got into gardening again, even started riding a bike to work, and was starting to feel a bit happy again and not thinking about babies any more.


    However, DH still wanted to try again. Earlier this year (aged 41) changed to another FS who suggested an approach with estrogen, progesterone and testosterone priming. On my first scan, no follicles were seen, so I thought it was going to be the same story again. The second scan, I had one 13mm follicle. FS said it was a slim chance but we decided to go ahead. The next scan the follicle was 19mm. My egg collection was on 29 Apr at Sunnybank Hospital. I was fully expecting an empty follicle, but was relieved to see a "1" written on my hand after waking up. I got a call the next day that the egg fertilised. At this stage I was fully expecting a call to say the cells had stopped dividing. However, the one egg became an 8 celled embryo and I had a day 3 transfer on May 2. The scientist said it was a good looking embryo with no fragmentation. This was my first transfer ever and was the furthest we'd ever got. At that stage I was still only giving it a 5% chance. A friend's DH had a dream that I had a little girl. I was feeling an unusual warm sensation in my back, on and off during the 2ww. I had no spotting by the day of the blood test (but did have some yucky looking brown crinone discharge) so was a bit hopeful. My blood test was on 16 May, 14dp3dt. I did not POAS, since had read many stories about POAS giving wrong results and causing more anxiety. The nurse called in the afternoon and I was surprised by a BFP with beta 772. I was asked to do another blood test 4 days later 18dp3dt. After a nervous wait, my beta was 3710.


    Then there was another nervous wait to 7 June (7 weeks 5 days) and we had our first scan with FS. He said the baby measured 14mm and everything was on track, and we saw the little heartbeat.


    Then another longer nervous wait until 16 July, for the nuchal scan (13 weeks 2 days). To our relief, everything was fine. Our Downs syndrome risk came back at 1:1072 and other trisomies even less. The baby measured 77.2mm. We saw lots including the tiny brain, heart pumping, stomach and limbs waving around.


    Now there is again more worry until the next scan. My placenta is on the front, so they said I might not feel kicks until later. I can't feel anything, all I notice is my girth getting bigger. I am getting a slight linea nigra and dark patches on my face.


    Everything has happened like a dream. It seems unbelievable and I wouldn't believe it if it wasn't happening to me. My one egg collected at age 41 was better than the eggs collected at age 39. We did a few things differently, including: the estrogen, progesterone and testosterone priming; and PICSI/HA. DH has problems with sperm morphology, so maybe PICSI made a difference and helped pick the best sperm for that egg. Also I've been taking every supplement I can find that is supposed to help with mitochondria, including CoQ10, PQQ and other crazy stuff. Maybe all this made a difference, or maybe it is random luck.


    I don't want to appear as smug or act like I am especially great because this happened. I just would like to give encouragement that occasionally a miracle can happen. I am no more deserving than anybody here, just incredibly lucky and that this has happened. I am so thankful to FS for giving us a chance, to the baby for being here, DH for supporting throughout and all friends who have been supportive.

    Best wishes to everyone.


    Chook

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    Hey chook. Thanks for sharing ur sorry. Wonderful story. Filled with hope and positivity to keep going. Keep us posted and congratulations xx

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    Welcome Tinybaby and congratulations Des on your BFP.
    That’s fantastic news MGC, my clinic call every day with updates and I tend to want to know how they are developing. The only downside is that you are constantly waiting for that call and it is very stressful. This is making me wonder what level of intervention occurs everytime they check the embies and how it affects them.
    Chook thankyou for sharing your story, I am reading it at work and it has brought tears to my eyes. It will give a lot of us some hope. I wish you all the best in your pregnancy and you have proven that it only takes one, as they say.
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    Chook... yes, big thankyou for sharing your story. I too have tears in my eyes :-)) It gives us all such hope. I hope that from now on it's all easy sailing for you. Do let us know from time-to-time how you get on. Inspirational stuff :-)) You are especially great, as are any IVF warriors who have tried time and time again, and I think some of us with age issues or other issues have been through so much, that our miracles are incredibly more special than an ordinary baby. I know exactly what you mean, by not wanting to be smug, as every baby is special, but I agree, what you and others have endured to get a baby puts you in a completely different category. I'm so with you!!

    Teampanda.... my first clinic phoned every day too, but IVFA mostly call every second day. At first I queried this, wanting to know everyday, and someone did say, it's better to not keep taking the embies in and out of the incubator. I couldn't find fault with that, and straight away felt a calm about not having to worry everyday for a progress check, so I'm sure there's a psychological reason in that too. Each clinic seems to do it different.

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    Who were you seeing at Concept, I have Dr Thompson.

    Quote Originally Posted by Net3811 View Post
    Musical congrats on getting a heartbeat. That is lovely news. Welcome to everyone new. Good luck to Stillhope and Tinybaby. I hope everyone else is travelling OK.

    I have no news. I'm still trying to work through the issue of finding a supportive specialist and GP. A lovely lady from Aussie egg donors has given me a couple of names to try. I admit my confidence has been severely dented and is hindering me forging ahead with making appts.

    At the moment I'm waiting on Day 1 so I can book my hysterosalpingam and ultrasound mammogram.

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    Has anyone heard of Progesterone causing birth defects? I was at the doctors before to get a script for pessaries and my local chemist makes them for the clinic and charges half the price. But my GP wouldn't give them to me unless I had a letter from the fs because as when he went to write it, a message popped up on the screen with a warning about defects. (he has given them to me before and this message was not there last time).

    Just wondering if anyone had heard that? I have faith in my specialist and he would not do anything that causes harm but still interesting.

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    Just wanted to say thank you to all the people that made me feel so welcome. The more I go back through the pages to read your stories I can see there is something new for me to learn.

    Team Panda - thank you for the wise advice.

    Can anyone recommend what should I be drinking when I start to cycle?, I have tried to give up the caffeine, down to one for breakfast now. Have been told to keep away from herbal tea so I really don't know what is safe.

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    Hi tiny baby, I think that was Springrain with the great advice. In terms of drinking, I have in the past totally cut out caffeine though this time I've been very slack in that respect. I have been drinking herbal teas like rosé hip and raspberry leaf, lots of water and I drink a lot of Horlicks and chocolate milk drinks, mostly for the protein. As I get closer and especially during the 2 ww I drink loads of grape juice, pomegranate juice and grapefruit juice. They do end up costing a bit though.
    hi Angelmama no haven't heard that one at all, but the fs would know best. Plus every single ivf patient is put on progesterone support during the first weeks by their specialists.


 

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